Friday, September 28, 2012

Wonderful Weaving!

 Creating weaving looms with styrofoam plates.  You can do this at home too!
Using a ruler and permanent marker, we made marks 1 1/2" apart around the perimeter of the plates.
Then we wrapped the plate in yarn making a "star-like" pattern or "spider web". 
We used the "Tapestry Weave" going over and under each warp yarns.
The children were very creative in choosing their color combinations!

These weavings will be our new classroom rug!

I love using frames to help my displays... I even place photos of the children working on their artwork in them.  I find frames of all kinds in thrift stores and garage sales! Spray paint them for a new look or more color.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Weaving with a Hoola Hoop Loom and t-shirts!

We started with a simple hoola hoop! 
Cut strips from t-shirts along the bottom hem and work your way up.

Stretch the strips and they will curl up. 
Start weaving... going up and down through the warp.

The children are having a lot of fun adding to this giant hoola loop loom!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

QR Codes! Scan them with your smart phone!

Bulletin boards and art displays in our building will have QR codes.  Look for them and scan them with free QR code reader apps for your smart phone.  They will give you more information about the projects we are working on, student reflections, our art process, blog posts and more!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Behavior Bulletin Board... P.B.I.S.

Our school uses P.B.I.S. Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports... instead of just tracking negative behavior, we can focus on positive behavior and they can be rewarded for good choices. In the WB Art Studio... we used the water color paint palette to keep track of where we are.  We can move the brown paint brush that is attached to a clothespin up and down the spectrum of color.  This was inspired by a behavior board I saw by Mr. E!  At the end of class, the students get a colored stick placed in their splat pocket.  At the end of the month, the class with the most "points" wins a certificate and a sweet treat!  I split the grade levels up by kindergarten through second grade and 3rd grade through fifth.  I really like how it is working out so far!


Second Grade Concentric Circles

In Second grade we studied the abstract art of Wassily Kandinsky and used his masterpiece, Concentric Cirlcles as our inspiration for this oil pastel, water color resist project.  The children folded their papers into 8 even spaces and then used oil pastels to draw circles. They "started with a dot," which is one of Kandinsky's famous quotes and we read the book, "The Dot" to get our circles going!  After the circles were drawn, the children used red, yellow and blue to make as many secondary and tertiary colors! They did a fantastic job. 

I just love how these turned out! Great job 2nd Grade!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Abstract Works by First Grade

Wassilly Kandinsky is credited for creating the first purely abstract works.  A Russian native who taught law left his successful career to devote himself to painting in Munich, Germany.  
"Everything starts from a dot," Wassilly Kandinsky.
The children started with oil pastels and drawing overlapping shapes throughout their paper with lines and "starting with dots." 

Once the oil pastel shapes were on the paper, the students painted the peers with water colors with red, yellow and blue.